Cathy Breslaw

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Cathy Breslaw
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Born (1957-11-07) November 7, 1957 (age 66)
CitizenshipUnited States
  • BA
  • MFA
  • MSW
Alma mater
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Howard University
  • George Washington University
  • Visual Artist
  • Educator
  • Arts Writer
Years active1991 - present
Known forContemporary visual art including painting, and art installations

Cathy Breslaw (born 1957) is an American contemporary visual artist, writer, and educator.[1] Though her foundation is in painting, Breslaw is best known for experimenting with accessible commercial materials to create large format wall, floor, sculptural, and installation works.[2] Breslaw has been featured in over 38 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 50 group exhibitions across the U.S and South Korea.[3][4]

Breslaw has professionally exhibited her work for the last three decades and her work has been displayed in museums, art centers, college and university galleries, and commercial galleries.[5] She brings to the table a unique and diverse approach to her visual art that is highly acclaimed.[6][7][8]

Breslaw has been an adjunct instructor of Art History and has lectured at colleges and universities and has been a contributor of exhibition reviews to magazines and blogs including Vanguard Culture,Art Scene magazine, San Diego Home and Garden, Artillery, San Diego Visual Arts Network, and Artful Life. In her diverse career, Breslaw has received multiple art and journalism awards and has been featured in several media outlets such as 123Art, Shepherd Express, San Diego Home and Garden,,, Ink Magazine, Decor and Style Magazine, Home and Decor, Malaysia Edition and others.[9][10][11]

Early life and education

Breslaw completed her bachelor’s degree in American studies from George Washington University. After her graduation, she earned a Masters Degree in Social Work specializing in counseling at Howard University. Breslaw also attended residencies at Painting's Edge, Idyllwild, CA. In 2003, Breslaw attended Claremont Graduate University, at the school of Visual Arts,earning two fellowships and acquiring a Master’s of Fine Arts with a specialization in painting in 2006.[12]


Breslaw started her career as an individual contemporary visual artist in the 1990s’. Ever since then, she has created numerous art installations and paintings that have been featured in museums and exhibitions across the U.S.[13][14]

Breslaw has written multiple papers and articles for a number of magazines San Diego Home and Garden Magazine, San Diego Visual Arts Network, and Art Scene Magazine.[15] Breslaw is presently a cultural writer for Vanguard Culture, San Diego, CA, where she has been working since 2012. Apart from her valuable contributions to various magazines, Breslaw also runs a personal blog named - Artful Life, where she shares regular articles on creativity and the visual arts. The blog comprises interviews with critics, curators, museum directors, and other contributors to the art world as well as museum and gallery exhibition reviews.[16][17]

In 2015 Breslaw became an adjunct professor at Coastline Community College, Newport Beach, CA, where she teaches Art History Courses.[18] She also published a catalog of her exhibition Macro Views, Micro Wonders, at San Diego Mesa College which was published in 2015.[19][20]


  • Lecture, Workshop, Visiting Artist, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI, October 20, 2016
  • Lecture, San Diego City College, San Diego, CA, November 5, 2015
  • Gallery Talk, Mesa College, San Diego, CA, September 30, 2015
  • Lecture, Mesa College, San Diego, CA, September 10, 2015
  • Lecture, California State University, San Marcos, CA, April 23, 2015
  • Gallery Talk, Rose Gallery, Francis Parker School, San Diego, CA, April 23, 2015
  • Gallery Talk, Gotthelf Gallery, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, "Contemplation", September 11, 2014
  • Lecture, East Central College, in conjunction with solo exhibition "Memories, Dreams and Reflections", March, 2013
  • Gallery Talk, CCAI Courthouse Gallery, “Luminosity”, Carson City, Nevada, February 8, 2013
  • Lecture, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, Nevada, February 7, 2013
  • Lecture, Douglas High School, Douglas, Nevada, February 7th, 2013
  • Gallery Talk, Penn College of Technology, Main Gallery, in conjunction with solo exhibition, May, 2012
  • Gallery Talk, Soka University, Founders Hall Gallery, in conjunction with International Festival, May, 2012
  • Gallery Talk, Soka University, Founders Hall Gallery, in conjunction with solo exhibition “Transitions” January, 2012
  • Gallery Talk, Oceanside Museum of Art, in conjunction with site specific solo exhibition “A Matter of Space”, October, 2011
  • Lecture, San Diego Museum of Fine Art, Contemporary Collectors’ Group, June, 2011
  • Gallery Talk, Bakersfield Museum of Art, in conjunction with solo exhibition, “Explorations: Space and Light”, March, 2011
  • Gallery Talk, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, in conjunction with solo exhibition, “Light Play”, May, 2010

Solo exhibitions

  • 2020: Start-Up Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2019: Superfine World Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2016: Viterbo University, University Art Gallery, Vibrations, La Crosse, WI
  • 2015: Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, Meadows Gallery, Light, Space and Beauty, Denton, Texas; Mesa College Art Gallery, Macro Views, Micro Wonders, San Diego, CA; Francis Parker, Rose Gallery, Imaginings, San Diego, CA; University of Tulsa Art Gallery, Material Visions, Tulsa, OK
  • 2014: Gotthelf Gallery, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, "Contemplation", La Jolla, CA
  • 2013: San Jose Textile Museum, "Translucence", San Jose, CA; Monroe Arts Center, Frehner Gallery, “Radiant Visions”, Monroe, WI; East Central College, East Central College Gallery, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Union, MO; Capital City Arts Initiative, Nevada Courthouse Gallery, Luminosity, Carson City, NV
  • 2012: Walkers Point Center for the Arts, South Gallery, 'Above, Below and Beyond', Milwaukee, WI; Penn College of Technology, Penn State, Main Gallery, "Illuminations", Williamsport, PA; Soka University, Founders Hall, Main Gallery, “Transitions”, Aliso Viejo, CA; Kishwaukee College, Main Gallery, “Transformations”, Malta, IL
  • 2011: Oceanside Museum of Art, Parker Gallery, “A Matter of Space”, Oceanside, CA; Pittsburg State University, Main Gallery, “Light Moves”, Pittsburgh, KS; LUX; Center for the Arts, Main Gallery, Light Play, Lincoln, NE; Bakersfield Museum of Art, Ablin Gallery, Explorations: Space and Light, Bakersfield, CA
  • 2010: San Diego International Airport, Terminal 2, Floating in Space, San Diego, CA; Truckee College, TMCC Main Gallery, Light Moves, Reno, NV; Rose Center for the Arts, Lower Columbia College, Weightless, Longview, WA; Florida Atlantic University, John D. MacArthur Library, ‘Material Resonance’, Jupiter, FL; Gallery 825, ‘Light Play’, South Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2009: West Valley Art Museum, Light Moves, Surprise, AZ; Chico Art Center, Discovery Series: Cathy Breslaw, Chico, CA; Charleston Heights Art Center, Main Gallery, Weightless, Las Vegas, NV; Earleville Art Center Opera House, East Art Gallery, Recent Discoveries, Binghamton, NY; Southern Oregon University; Stevenson Union Gallery,Tapestries of Light, Ashland, OR
  • 2008: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Bever West Gallery, Topographies, Hamilton, OH; University of St. Mary, Goppert Gallery, Reflections, Leavenworth, KS; Riverviews Artspace, Casting Rhythms, Lynchburg, VA; Waterworks Art Center, Norvell Gallery, Suspension: Color and Light, Salisbury, NC
  • 2005: Claremont Graduate University, East Gallery, Claremont, CA
  • 2001: First National Bank Building, San Diego, CA
  • 2000: Falcon Arts Gallery, San Diego, CA, San Diego State University, Corporate Governance Institute, San Diego, CA
  • 1999: First National Bank, San Diego, CA
  • 1998:Wyndham Hotels Corporate Offices, Emerald Plaza, San Diego, CA
  • 1997: Offtrack Gallery, Leucadia, CA
  • 1995: Wyndham Hotels Corporate Offices, Emerald Plaza, San Diego, CA
  • 1994: First National Bank, San Diego, CA

Selected exhibitions

  • 2019: Coastline College Art Gallery, Districtly Speaking, Newport Beach, CA
  • 2018: Czong Institute of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2017: CM Curatorial, San Diego New Contemporaries: Art Prize Nominees, Disappearances, San Diego, CA; San Diego Art Prize Winners, San Diego Art Fair, Del Mar, CA
  • 2016-17: San Diego Art Institute, Video Installation, Flow-Motion and Wall Installation Gravity Waves; Southern California/Baja Biennial curated by Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
  • 2015: Sparks Gallery, Group Show, Above, Below and Beyond installation, San Diego, CA
  • 2014: Brett Rubbico Gallery, WInter Show, Newport Beach, CA
  • 2013: Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, The New World, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2012: JRB Art at the Elms Gallery, “The Dance: Cathy Breslaw and Sohail Shehada”, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2011: Art Meets Fashion: A Collaborative Project, Crossroads, Mosaic Gallery, San Diego, CA
  • The Sketchbook Project, 2011, permanent collection – Brooklyn Library, Brooklyn,NY
  • Travel Exhibition: San Francisco, Portland,ME, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Winter Park,FL
  • 2010: American Jewish University, Uncommon Threads, Platt Boorstein Galleries, Los Angeles, CA; University of Minnesota, Larson Gallery, Imagine, Minneapolis, MN; Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Light and Space 2010, Palm Desert, CA
  • 2009: Preston Contemporary Art Center, Four Person Exhibition, Mesilla, NM; Ft. Collins Art Center, Lincoln Galleries, Loose Ends: Contemporary Fiber, Ft. Collins, CO; KSpace Contemporary, Material Revelations, Two Person Show, Corpus Christie, TX
  • 2008: Yorkarts, Art and Industry, Weightless, York, PA; Yavapai College Art Gallery, Perceiving the Planet , Prescott, AZ; Estel Gallery, Common Thread, Nashville, TN; Rosewood Gallery, Kettering Arts Center, Kettering, OH; Maude Kern Art Center, Weight & Float: Contemporary Sculpture, Eugene, OR
  • 2007: Southern California Open 2007, Los Angeles, CA; Coleman Gallery Contemporary Art, Hidden Pictures, Alburquerque, NM; Central Wyoming College, Robert A. Peck Gallery, Intertwining Ideas, Riverton, WY; Mad Art Gallery, Crossing Paths:Kerry Zimmerman and Cathy Breslaw, St. Louis, MO; University of Colorado, UMC Gallery, Visual Noise, Boulder, CO; Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Pillow Talk: Comfort in Hard Times, Santa Monica, CA; Riverside Art Museum, Material Girls, Riverside, CA
  • 2006: Huntington Beach Art Center, MANufactured, Huntington Beach, CA
  • 2005: Claremont Graduate University, Reheated, East Gallery, Claremont, CA; Claremont Graduate University,Fresh,East Gallery,Claremont,CA
  • 2003: Grand Central Art Center, Between Dimensions, Santa Ana, CA
  • 2002: Interface:Exploring Science, Technology and Art, Escondido Center for the Arts, CA
  • 2001: Escondido Municipal Arts Gallery, Escondido, CA
  • 2000: Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO
  • 1999: William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Annual Exhibition, Carlsbad, CA; The Art and Cultural Center, Artists in Watermedia, Fallbrook, CA; International Experimental Painters Annual, Huntsville Museum of Art,Huntsville, AL
  • 1998: Layerists in Multimedia, Bradford College, Haverill, MA
  • 1997: National Watermedia Society, Travel Exhibition, Bade Museum, Berkeley, CA; Twenty-ninth Annual National Art Exhibition, San Francisco, CA; International Exhibition, Society of Experimental Painters, Sarasota, FL
  • 1996: Witchita Falls Museum and Art Center, Witchita Falls, TX; Mukenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA
  • 1995: San Diego Credit Union, Encinitas, CA
  • 1994: Offtrack Gallery, Leucadia, CA
  • 1993: Wagner Fine Art, Del Mar, CA

Museum and corporate collections

  • Czong Institute of Contemporary Art, (CICA Museum), Seoul, South Korea
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA
  • American Graphics Inc., San Diego, CA
  • GEA Power Cooling Systems, San Diego, CA
  • ADC Telecommunications, Minneapolis, MN
  • Che Bella, Phoenix, AZ
  • Frontier Analytics, La Jolla, CA
  • Maxwell Technologies, San Diego, CA
  • Residential Wholesale Mortgage Inc., Solana Beach, CA
  • Saign & Associates, Los Altos, CA
  • Amerigraph LLC, San Diego, CA

Published articles

  • San Diego Home and Garden Magazine, Janice Kleinschmidt, Editor, “Star of San Diego for 2016”, January 2016
  • ​ San Diego City Beat, Seth Combs, “The Macro Views and Micro Wonders”, September 15, 2015
  • San Diego Visual Arts Network, Patricia Frischer, “Macro Views, Micro Wonders”, September 10, 2015
  • Vanguard Culture, Kristen Schweizer, "Mixed Media Often Finds Solidity in Glue", April 4, 2015
  • Vanguard Culture, Sherehe Hollins,”Contemplation:A Thoughtful Exploration of Nature, Space and Time”,September 22, 2014
  • San Diego Visual Arts Network, Joe Nalven “Contemplation: An Exhibit by Cathy Breslaw”, August 24, 2014
  • World of Threads, International Contemporary FIbre Art, Dawne Rudman, “Interview with Cathy Breslaw”, 2013
  • The Register, Brodhead, WI, Ann Pedder Rilley, "Radiant Visions", June 14, 2013
  • Inland Empire Weekly, Jamie Solis, “The New World”, February 28, 2013
  • Art Scene, Liz Goldner, “The New World”, Art Scene Magazine, March, 2013
  • Essay, Danielle Susalla Deery, “Painting Without Surface”, written for “Luminosity” Exhibition, Carson City, NV, February, 2013
  • Express, Kat Murrell, "Cathy Breslaw's Industrial Vision at WPCA", Milwaukee, WI, August 6, 2012
  • Sun, Brian Bush, “Light and Space”, Penn College Exhibition, Williamsport, PA, May 6, 2012
  • Daily Chronicle, Inger Koch, “Kish College Gallery Hosts Works of Cathy Breslaw”, De Kalb, IL, March 22, 2012
  • Look at OKC, John Brandenburg, “Dual Show on View at JRB at the Elms”, Oklahoma City, OK, March 21, 2012
  • The Oklahoman, John Brandenburg, “JRB Show Focuses On Weightlessness, Fluidity”, Oklahoma City, OK, March 5, 2012
  •, Camille Gavin, “Artist Makes Magic With Fabric”, Bakersfiled,CA, April 6, 2011
  • San Diego Magazine, Rebekah Sager, ‘Art Meets Fashion: A Collaboration’, San Diego, April, 2011
  • Airport Revenue News, Jamie Simon, ‘Airport at SAN Appears to be Floating in Space’, November 17, 2010
  •, Charles Passy, ‘Florida Atlantic University Presents Material Resonance,Jupiter, FL, June 3, 2010
  • Visual Art Source, Diane Calder, ‘Uncommon Threads’, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA, May 21, 2010
  • Ink Magazine, “Exhibition at Preston Art Center”, Mesilla, NM, October, 2009
  • Las Cruces Pulse, “Preston Art Center”, Las Cruces, NM, October, 2009
  • The Las Cruces Bulletin, “From Abstract to Experimental and Beyond”, October 16,2009, p. C7
  • Catalog, ‘Loose Ends : Contemporary Fiber’, Jeanne Shoaff, curator, Ft. Collins Art Center, Ft. Collin, CO, October, 2009
  •, Stacey Nick, “Loose Ends: Art Exhibition Ties Them All Together”, September 10, 2009
  •, Jeannie Landcaster, “Loose Ends Surprises with Untraditional Approaches to Age-old Arts”, September 25, 2009
  • Chico Kyra Gottesman, “Cathy Breslaw at Chico Art Center”, July 16, 2009, p.6
  • Independent Newspapers, George Palovich, ‘Light Moves’ Featured at Art Museum, August 3, 2009, p.14
  • New American Paintings, 15th Anniversary Edition 2009, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
  • NPR Radio Las Vegas, Erika Pope, Arts and Entertainment, “Cathy Breslaw Exhibition”, May, 2009
  •, Elizabeth Reese, “Artwork Shows Womens Many Layers”, June 5, 2009, p.2
  • Las Vegas Weekly, Susanne Forestieri, “Optical Fiber”, April 23, 2009, p.2
  • Las Vegas City Life, City Life Pics, Andrew Kiraly,”Weightless”, April 10,2009, p.1
  • The Siskiyou, Baptiste Becquart, “Tapestries of Light at SU Gallery”, February 23, 2009, p.7
  • Journal News, Richard O. Jones, “Topographies at Fitton Center Galleries, November 21, 2008, p.1
  • Yorkarts, Donna Sylvester, “Art and Industry”, November 2008, pp 8-11
  • Tennessean, Jonathan Marx, “Common Thread Runs Through Artists Work”, June 8,2008, p.1
  • Salisbury Post, “Globalization, Womens Issues Focus of Waterworks Exhibit, May 29,2008,p.7
  • Oakwood Times, “Rosewood Gallery Welcomes Two Exhibitions”, April, 9, 2008, p.1
  • Daily Emerald, Tiffany Reagan, "Sculpture Reinvented", April, 2008, p.6
  • Riverside Museum, Shana Nys Dambrot, "Material Girls", January, 2007, p.2 and 19.
  • Press Enterprise, Vanessa Franko, "The Fabric of Art", January 2007, p.2
  • Orange Coast Voice, David L.M. Preston, "Huntington Beach Art Center, November 2006, p. 11
  • Orange County Register, Daniella Walsh, "The Media and the Message", October 2006, p.17
  • Huntington Beach Independent, Kelly Strodl, "Art Rises from the Ashes", November 2006, p.1
  • New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Edition 2003, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
  • San Diego Jewish Journal, San Diego, CA ,January 2003,"Making Her Mark...",pp.70-71
  • Who's Who National Register of Executives and Professionals, 2002-2003 Edition
  • Who's Who in America, 2001-2002 Edition
  • North County Times, Vista, CA, March 18,1999,"Myths,Dreams and Reality",p.17
  • Décor & Style Magazine, Solana Beach, CA,February,1999,"Creations on Canvas,pp.24-25
  • Art Venues Publications, Los Angeles, CA, winter, 1999,Vol.1,"Group Support,Painters, p.13

Awards and recognition

  • 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award, San Diego Press Club, San Diego, CA
  • 2018 Excellence in Journalism Award, San Diego Press Club, San Diego, CA
  • 2017 Final Nominees for San Diego Art Prize
  • 2016 Appointed by Mayor Matt Hall to Carlsbad Arts Commission, Carlsbad, CA
  • 2016 San Diego Home and Garden Magazine, Selected as one of the "Art Stars for 2016", January, 2016 issue, San Diego
  • 2015 Home Decor Magazine - Malaysia Edition, "Artists To Watch 2015", Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2013 NEA Grant, Luminosity Exhibition, Carson City Arts Initiative, State Courthouse, Carson City, NV
  • 2004-05 Sue Arlene Walker Memorial Fellowship, Claremont Graduate Univ,Claremont, CA
  • 2003-04 Fellowship, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
  • 1997 International Exhibition, Society of Experimental Painters, Sarasota, FL, Merit Award
  • Twenty-ninth Annual National Art Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, Gold Medallion Award

In the media




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